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Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> reporter: freda robbins is what the health-care industry calls a frequent flyer. >> seems to me i was in the hospital all the time. >> at 92 and with a history of heart failure this year she's been admitted and readmitted to l.a. cedars-sinai medical centre three times in just five months. >> oh, i think i saw every doctor that works at cedars for one part of my body or another. i didn't want to see the hospital again. >> reporter: freda is one of the nearly 2 million medicare patients nationwide readmitted to hospitals within one month of release. and while many of those readmissions are necessary, others are avoidable. and cost medicare an estimated 17.5 billion dollars. >> to control costs the health-care reform law penalizes hospitals with high readmission rates. they'll actually lose some of that medicare reimbursement money. nationwide that could cost hospitals 290 million dollars in just the next year. >> we realized there were gaps in care once patients left the hospital. >> dr. michael landberg is the chief medical officer at cedars-sinai. since last november his hospital
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